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The Brief from Brussels: France 'sidesteps' Europe's populist wave

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By Euronews
The Brief from Brussels: France 'sidesteps' Europe's populist wave

<p>2017 was a year of three important elections.</p> <p>After the Netherlands, the second test appears to have successfully been passed.</p> <p>France will be led by a moderate centrist Emmanuel Macron, who defeated Marine Le Pen.</p> <p>The final electoral test comes in Germany, which hopes to work with a French government committed to reforms.</p> <p>But expect the EU to get tough if Macron fails to deliver on his promises to relaunch the economies of France and the all euro area.</p> <p>And the EU marks Robert Schuman Day, which celebrates the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community, a predecessor to the EU, on May 9th 1950.</p>